FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 6, 2020
Contact: Melanie V. Ramil, Executive Director – (916) 396-6153
Sacramento, CA — Emerge California – the premier candidate training program for Democratic self-identified women who want to run for office – today celebrates the historic election of Senator Kamala Harris, the first woman ever elected to serve as Vice President of the United States of America.
Upon her nomination, Senator Harris was the first Black woman and first Asian American woman ever on a Presidential ticket in our nation’s history.
Melanie V. Ramil, Executive Director of Emerge California, and former Deputy State Director to Senator Harris, remarked, “The historic election of Senator Kamala D. Harris as Vice President of the United States – the first woman in our nation’s history to serve in this position, and the first Black woman and first Asian American ever on a Presidential ticket – will have an immeasurable impact on who we are as a country. Young girls will now know that they can be the most powerful leader in the world. Women, especially Black women, Asian American women, and all women of color, will step up to run for office like never before. Simply, the face of elected power will be changed forever.”
Nearly twenty years ago, Senator Harris sparked the founding of Emerge California during her run for San Francisco District Attorney. She knows just how important it is to encourage women to run for office and ensure they have the tools needed to win. Ever since, Emerge California has been doing just that.
Emerge California Board Chair Janice Rocco shared, “Emerge California had a record number of alumnae on the ballot this year, and before Senator Kamala Harris is even sworn in as Vice President, we will start training the next group of Democratic women who will run for and win elected office. We are so excited to watch as Vice President-elect Kamala Harris helps inspire the next generation of women, particularly women of color, to step forward to run for office at all levels of government.”
Emerge California trained a record number of women in 2020, and more than 150 Emerge California alum ran for office in 2020 – the most in organization history.